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Reports of persons entering VI & breaching quarantine order untrue- Premier

- said persons should be mindful about sharing unverified info publicly
Reports that persons who recently entered the Territory have been breaking mandatory quarantine have turned out to be false. Photo: Internet Source
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said persons should be mindful about sharing unverified information publicly. Photo: VINO/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said persons should be mindful about sharing unverified information publicly. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As part of efforts to protect the Virgin Islands against the Novel Coronavirus, all Virgin Islanders, Belongers, Permanent Residents and Naturalised Citizens currently entering the Territory have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a facility approved by Government.

There have since been reports on social media, nevertheless, that persons have been breaking this order.

According to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1); however, the reports have turned out to be false.

While speaking on the bill entitled ‘Virgin Islands Consumer Protection Act 2019’ during the Eighth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola, today, June 8, 2020, Premier Fahie brought up the issue while making the point that reports brought against businesses will be investigated by a commission to protect against false accusations.

“That is done so you can protect the name of the business, because we know we live in a Territory that is long on rumours and short on facts. And the rumours get out there, especially on social media now, it gets out there so heavy, Mr Speaker.”

Fake news!

He said only this weekend Government had to address some rumours circulating on social media.

“We heard some rumours this weekend about persons who came in and they about on the streets and we went and we looked into all of those, Mr Speaker, and up to now, up to this point, we have found them not to be factual.

“But, Mr Speaker, if you talk to most people in the BVI it is out there so heavy it seems like the truth, because there is 24-hour security. Yes, there are areas they have to adjust but not to the level or to the point like what we have seen coming on social media.”

The Premier said some names were provided; however, they turned out not to be persons who recently arrived in the Territory.

“And when we checked on the names these persons were here before the first lockdown but they were inside and didn’t come out. Now they see them they say they got here all of a sudden and then persons saying how come.”

According to Hon Fahie, one of the persons that posted about the issue on social media was asked about it.

“They said it was a friend that told them.

“But if you didn’t see it don’t post it,” Premier Fahie urged.

He added; however, that in the areas where they are issues, Government is going to deal with them.

“This is not to get into a mode of trying to cover up anything but it tells us whether it is Consumer Protection or COVID-19 or whatever we have a civic duty to report directly so we could get these things dealt with, even if you do it confidentially.”

12 Responses to “Reports of persons entering VI & breaching quarantine order untrue- Premier”

  • Why (08/06/2020, 18:54) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why we love to wallow in gossip so.
  • investigate (08/06/2020, 19:39) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Apparently relative of Governor office staff came in & breached rules. No surprise there as he thinks he and his family are above the law. Should investigate ASAP.
    • Resident Dr. (09/06/2020, 06:39) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      How come 2 weeks now. I aint get an answer to my application to re-enter...I was told in 3 days i would hear from them...More than a week done gone... Not what you know. Its who u kno. Just prepare to wait
  • Troll (08/06/2020, 19:55) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    “They said it was a friend that told them." Smh should've post the person you've asked to make them famous. Bet they would've learn. Ignorance!
  • tretretrete (08/06/2020, 22:56) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    How Delta been going and coming all the time with no quarantine?
    • @hmmm (09/06/2020, 06:33) Like (2) Dislike (17) Reply
      How that come your business.u too daxxmn fast and chatty
      • Covid 19 (09/06/2020, 12:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

        u must be a friend or a relative of MR D**** it is EVERYONE's business. his frequent trips to SKB and back which mind you SKB since being under curfew now has NEW cases since the lockdown so care to explain. you NEED to be mindful that this invisible disease doesnt catch u.

    • COVID-19 (09/06/2020, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      and this my friend is FACCCCCTS
  • Oh Boy.. (09/06/2020, 06:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh my God...These people need to find something to do. Stop been up in people business and talking what they dont know.. Sad its always going to be confusion people amongst us...
  • NezRez (09/06/2020, 09:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are round the clock security guards for the people who have re-entered. I am sure there is no one slipping in and out of quarantine. People like to spread rumors and keep tension going on our small islands. STOP IT! We have a bigger fish to fry when the borders are re-opened for Tourists. How will we protect ourselves from thousands of them coming from infected countries? Will they be tested before boarding a plane, ferry, cruise ship? Those companies don't care because they have to get back on their feet t make money. I know our economy cannot last much longer if we don't open up, but everyone should still take the precautions we have been doing, and stay as safe as possible. We are living in much different times than when we were born. One Love everyone.
  • ... (09/06/2020, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    the governor is reckless he cares little about the law
  • Big Slick Willie (09/06/2020, 18:24) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I sure don't understand why they don't quarantine all arrivals in Tortola owned Treasure Isle with a guard to prohibit leaving and visitors.

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